Les Paul Studio Gem review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (28 votes)
Gibson: Les Paul Studio Gem

Price paid: $ 1189.5

Purchased from: Sound Controll

Sound — 8
With the P 90 pickups it generates a very "clean" sound which with modern effects means a huge variety of sounds is possible. I plat everything from Glen Miller style dance band to Guns 'n Roses using a Line6 Spider 50w 2 x 10. The only "peculiarity" it has is it has a very deep bass sound on the Neck pickup which has to be set accordingly to hold this in check, but overall it plays well and sounds good for everything I do.

Overall Impression — 8
Been playing around 6 years, has a few other guitars but like this one the best. The only thing I wish it has was a tremlo arm ( soon to be sorted maybe) More than happy with it and would replace it with the same if I could find one.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've used this guitar for the past 4 years and it's done some extensive travelling it has been used and abused but has weathered very well apart from the plating wearing off the hardwear. I usually get it setup and checked at least once a year and it needed some fretwork done for the first time about 4 months ago. The finish on the body/neck is still in good order apart from a couple of chips (where it took a hefty knock or two). Strap buttons seem welded on, it's VERY dependable and I use it regularly on Gigs without a backup!!

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I bought it as an ex-demo and therefor it was a little "shop soiled" and the nut needed replacing as it interfered with the tuning, the pickups needed setting and generally the whole guitar needed a good setup( no more than you'd expect from a Demo guitar I suppose) There were no other flaws though and it played well once it was re-strung and setup.

Features — 8
Bought it new in 98. So made 97-98?? 22 frets, 2 volume 2 tone and a 3 way selector Switch. pickup configuration ??? one near bridge one near fretboard ?? P 90 pickups, passive, Rosewood Fretboard don't know about body/neck as they're coloured, sunburst yellow to black no piping, standard Les Paul shape, really heavy, gold coloured hardwear normal for Les Paul, nice neck (well I think so), came with a nice pink lined Gibson case.

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    The one who paid about 2000... they've cheated you. ' The Gibson LP Studio costs about 1200.